A man detained on driving under the influence and drug charges was found asleep in a vehicle along with a rifle and a shotgun, according to the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office.
Richard Horace Sharp, 34, of Whaley Pond Road in Graniteville, was charged with DUI, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, third-degree assault and battery and damage to county property.
He was placed in the Aiken County detention center but had been released as of Wednesday morning.
Officers found Sharp asleep in the driver’s seat of a vehicle with the engine running that was parked in the middle of Ascauga Lake Road at about 3:40 a.m. Tuesday, according to a sheriff’s report.
Officers could see a rifle and shotgun in plain view in the vehicle, the report stated.
While officers pulled Sharp out of the vehicle to detain him for questioning, Sharp resisted and grabbed an officer’s uniform, causing a tear, police said.
A search of Sharp revealed two clear, plastic rolled up bags containing a white, powdery substance believed to be cocaine, the report stated.
Inside the vehicle, police found another bag containing a white, powdery substance and drug paraphernalia, a shotgun, a rifle and a pistol, police said.
Sharp had a valid concealed weapons permit.
Because Sharp smelled of alcohol and had glassy eyes, officers gave him a Breathalyzer test after arriving at the jail, which yielded a .14 percent blood-alcohol content, the report stated.
Officers did not administer field sobriety testing due to Sharp’s “combative nature.”
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